After returning from Fiji, Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. wanted to reach out to the Hindi speaking community in the Bridges and Central Valley Districts. The Rev. Dr. Immanuel Reuben, and his wife Grace Reuben were invited, and visited the California-Nevada Conference to help engage with the Hindi speaking community and understand their needs.
In 21 days, Reuben visited 10 homes, preached at eight United Methodist Churches, and conducted three home prayers reaching more than 150 people.
"We realized that there is a need for a Hindi speaking outreach. Not only Fiji- Indians attended, but people of Hindu faith and of Pakistani origin. The Hindu language and parts of the culture connected Dr. Reuben to the Hindi Speaking people in the Bridges and Central Valley district," said the Rev. Dr. Bener Agtarap, Conference Superintendent for Congregational Vitality. He added, "We also found out that when most native Fijian people migrated to other countries they are sent with a letter to from their Methodist church in Fiji to join a Methodist church in the United States. That is an area of opportunity for us to establish for the Fiji-Indians coming to the California-Nevada Conference. We hope to establish a channel of communication that will to connect people to a Methodist church during or after their transition."
During his visit, Reuben met with the Cabinet, Conference Church Planters group, and Asian Caucus. As part of this engagement he has preached at Galt UMC, South Hayward UMC, Sacramento Hope church UMC, Centennial UMC, River valley church and Santa Rosa UMC.